These are the quilts that I made for my mom and my grandma for Mother's Day a few years back. My mom knew I was making one for my grandma, but she didn't know I had made one for her too and started crying when I gave her one also. There are 12 squares on my grandma's quilt with pictures of her 9 kids when they were little, a picture of my grandma, a picture of my grandpa and a picture with both of them. On the quilt with my mom, there are 9 squares with 3 pictures of me and my brothers when we were little, 3 of our senior pictures, a family picture, a picture of my mom and dad at their wedding, and our last name in the middle. The quilts were made with photo transfer paper and remenant material that I got from JoAnn's.
My Grandma's heritage quilt
This is the quilt I made for my grandma one year. It has pictures of her mom and dad and my grandma's brothers and sisters when they were younger. The pictures used were the same ones I used from the geneology scrapbook that I made. The pictures were printed on the computer and then ironed on to the squares. Then I sewed the squares unto the quilt. The quilt looks like a scrapbook page because I also put information about each person under their picture. My grandma has this hanging up in her antique bedroom.
You can't see it very well in this picture, but on the wall underneath the snowmen there is the advent ribbon stocking thing that I made our 2nd Christmas. I went to my friend Anna's house and she had this advent crocheted ribbon that her grandma had made for her. I liked it so much, I went home and tried to make my own. To save time I went to Big Lots (love that place) and found 21 stockings, and 4 penguin gift card holders. I sewed the different stockings on to a blanket ribbon and placed a penguin every 5th day. I used fabric paint and numbered every stocking from 1-25 to count down the days until Christmas. Every christmas I fill each stocking with little item like candy or gift cards or money or some small love note. Then in December me and my husband have one gift a day until Christmas. It's becoming one of my favorite traditions.
One of my co-workers gave me a stack of 10-12 Mary Englebret iron-ons. I had no clue what to do with them. So at the end of the school year, I used the iron-ons to make all these pillows and gave them to my co-workers as thank you gifts for all the help they had given to me through out the year. I think I ended up giving a few to my mom as a mother day gift too.
My grandma used to make Christmas ornaments out of chicken eggs and we would use them to decorate our tree. I decided to put a spin on her idea, by using an ostrich egg and decorating it. I spent quite a long time trying to cut the egg with a dremmel. I used a glue gun to glue in the material on the inside of the egg. I spray painted the outside of the egg with this greenish blue sparkly paint. Then I glued in the nativity figures that I got from Big lots. I finished off the project by gluing in the beads and the ribbon. I think it turned out pretty good.
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